EASTERN RAILWAY MADE ELABORATE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF GANGA SAGAR MELA PILGRIMS

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Shri Deepak Nigam, Divisional Railway Manager, Sealdah briefing media persons about the elaborate arrangements planned by Eastern Railway for the convenience of the pilgrims of ensuing Ganga Sagar Mela.
Shri Deepak Nigam, Divisional Railway Manager, Sealdah briefing media persons about the elaborate arrangements planned by Eastern Railway for the convenience of the pilgrims of ensuing Ganga Sagar Mela.
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EASTERN RAILWAY MADE ELABORATE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF GANGA SAGAR MELA PILGRIMS

Kolkata, January 10, 2024:

Shri Deepak Nigam, Divisional Railway Manager, Sealdah held a press meet at DRM Office, Sealdah today in which Shri Nigam elaborated on various initiatives taken by Eastern Railway for the convenience of Ganga Sagar Mela pilgrims. The details of the elaborate arrangement made by Eastern Railway in connection with the ensuing Gangasar Mela are as follows:-

Sealdah Division of Eastern Railway is meticulously preparing for the upcoming Ganga Sagar Mela, one of the largest religious gatherings in India, expected to attract millions of pilgrims from across the country. The Mela, held annually on Sagar Island at the confluence of the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, is scheduled to take place from January 12th to January 17th, 2024. To cater to the expected surge in passenger traffic, the Sealdah Division will be running over 12 special trains to and from Namkhana and Kakdwip for Sagar Island during the Mela period. These trains will connect major cities and towns across India to Kolkata, from where onward connections to Sagar Island will be available. The frequency of existing trains on the Sealdah-Naamkhana and Kakdwip routes will also be increased to ensure smooth and convenient travel for pilgrims.

Special trains for Pilgrims during Ganga Sagar Mela-2024

SECTION12.01.2413.01.2414.01.2415.01.2416.01.2417.01.24
SEALDAH-NAMKHANA DN EMU SPECIAL222222
KOAA-NAMKHANA DN EMU SPECIAL222111
NAMKHANA-SEALDAH UP EMU SPECIAL344332
LAXMIKANTAPUR-SEALDAH UP EMU SPECIAL111111
NAMKHANA-LAXMIKANTAPUR UP EMU SPECIAL111111
SEALDAH-LAXMIKANTAPUR DN EMU SPECIAL011110
KAKDWIP-SEALDAH UP EMU SPECIAL011110
30711 LAXMIKANTAPUR-MJT EXTENSIONENDED /DIVERTED TO SEALDAH011110
34424 SEALDAH-SONARPUR EXTENSIONENDED UP TO KAKDWIP011110
34736 DN SEALDAH-LAXMIKANTAPUR EXTENSIONENDED UP TO NAMKHANA011110
TOTAL09 SPECIAL12 SPECIAL+ 3 EXTENSION12 SPECIAL + 3 EXTENSION10 SPECIAL + 3 EXTENSION10 SPECIAL + 3 EXTENSION07 SPECIAL
GRAND TOTAL –72

Last year day wise breakup—

2023

ScheduleDNUPTOTAL
424385
DATESPECIAL SERVICES INCLUDING EXTENSIONS
DNUPTOTAL
12.01.23040509
13.01.23040509
14.01.23070815
15.01.23060713
16.01.23060713
17.01.23030407
GRAND TOTAL303666

2024 day-wise breakup

ScheduleDNUPTOTAL
   
DATESPECIAL SERVICES INCLUDING EXTENSIONS
DNUPTOTAL
12.01.24040509
13.01.24070815
14.01.24070815
15.01.24060713
16.01.24060713
17.01.24030407
GRAND TOTAL333972

The following Passenger Amenities items are provided by the Sealdah Division for pilgrims of Gangasagar Mela.

  • Additional Booking Counter: (Commercial)

To ensure a comfortable and hassle-free travel experience for pilgrims, the Sealdah Division will be setting up temporary booking counters and help desks at major stations.

Arrangements are to be made by the Commercial Deptt. to open additional Booking Counters at least 02 nos. at Sealdah, 04 nos. at Kakdwip, and 03 nos. at Namkhana around the clock in order to issue tickets to passengers during the Mela Period.

At KWDP station, 02 temporary Booking counters on the main side adjacent to the stairs will be provided by the Engineering deptt.,

  1. Concrete slab and floor at the temporary booking counters with adequate provision for the safety of UTS ticketing equipment should be ensured.
  2. Two (2) extra Booking Counters at Sealdah (South) will be operated.
  • Drinking Water: (Electrical & Engineering)

Adequate drinking water facilities will be at Kakdwip and Namkhana during mela days provided by Electrical/G & Engineering deptt. to make arrangement to operate electrical pumps at Princep-ghat, LKPR, Kakdwip&Namkhana Stations around the clock.

  • Medical Unit: (Medical Dept./B.R.Singh)

A medical unit will be arranged at Kakdwip Rly. Station. They will render First Aid in case of emergency. Augmented First Aid Boxes available at the stations including additional boxes at Kakdwip&Namkhana.from 13.01.2024 to 16.01.2024. Four Wheelchairs and four stretchers at NMKA and KWDP during the mela period.

One (1) Medical Booth each at the Sealdah, Kakdwip, and Namkhana Stations.

For round-the-clock availability, 01 doctor and 01 ambulances at Sealdah, Kakdwip&Namkhana Stations will be provided.

  • Sanitary arrangement: (EnHM&Optg.)

Sufficient staff to look after sanitary system, especially at Sealdah, Kakdwip&Namkhana.Sanitary arrangements at other stations of the SDAH South section will be managed by respective departments.

  • Security arrangement: (Security Dept.)

Security Department to arrange sufficient RPF personnel at Princep-Ghat, Lakshmikantapur, Namkhana&Kakdwip stations and will keep close coordination with GRP in maintaining law and order and social harmony including ticket checking efforts.

additional security personnel will be deployed at stations and on trains.

For close circuit monitoring during the mela period (12-01-2024 to 17-01-2024), 20-22 nos. of CCTVs at Kakdwip, 16 Nos. CCTVs at Namkhana and at some at Sealdah (south) will be fixed at the station premises.

  • Announcements:(Commercial & OPTG)

Proper regular announcements are to be made in all stations for Ganga Sagar pilgrims in 03 languages (Hindi, Bengali & English). There should be directional signage, and flexes at suitable locations at Sealdah Station for guiding pilgrims. No change of Platform, once display or announcement is made. Platform no. 15/16 at SDAH is fixed for NMKA trains Special announcements and signages will be put up to guide pilgrims throughout their journey.

  • May I Help You Booth: (Security Dept.)

May I Help You, Booth, with a telephone connection to be provided at Sealdah/South, Princep-Ghat, Kakdwip & Namkhana? The Booths will be manned by RPF as well as GRP staff. Also provided Loud Hailers for emergency announcements at Lakshmikantapur, Kakdwip & Namkhana.

  • Volunteers Services: (St.John, B.S & G & Civil Defence)

Volunteers of Civil Defence, Scout & Guide, and St. John Ambulance Brigade will assist pilgrims at Sealdah, Kakdwip & Namkhana during the Mela days.

  • Coordination with State Authorities: The Sealdah Division is working closely with the West Bengal Government and other local authorities to ensure the smooth conduct of the Mela. Liaison with local authorities to provide necessary amenities like sanitation facilities and medical services at Sagar Island.

The Ganga SagarMela is a significant event for millions of pilgrims, and the Sealdah Division is committed to providing them with a safe, comfortable, and convenient travel experience.

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